The Mountain Top Historical Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, interpreting and sharing the unique and rich history of the Mountain Top region in Greene County, NY. The Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974 and engages in activities and programs that enrich understanding and foster appreciation of the Catskill High peaks area. We encourage the study and preservation of the Mountain Top’s art, literature, history, culture, folklore, legends in a variety of ways.
We maintain a Visitor and Art Trail Center and the historic Ulster and Delaware train depot (shown above) on our campus in Haines Falls.
We are located at 5121 Route 23A in Haines Falls, NY at the gateway to the Mountain Top.
The Town of Hunter, home to MTHS, has been designated a Preserve America Community.
To become a member or donate to sustain the work of the MTHS click here.
August 21 (Sat.) 6pm Sojourner Truth's Famous Speech "Ain't I a Woman?" Performed by Rev. Deb Zuill at the U&D Railroad Station with introduction by Dr. Kimberly Johnson
See a full list of our 2021 events and programs with details here
Read the current issue of our quarterly publication The Hemlock.
MTHS News and links:
Former MTHS Board member and beloved mountain top resident Sidonia Palace passed away January 17, 2021. Sidonia was a vital part of the society and had served it for 42 years until she retired in 2016. You may read our announcement of Sidonia's Retirement and her obituary.
The Hotel Kaaterskill 1883 Fire Safety Survey and floor plan is the spark for a Spring2020 program and a hike.
- Kaaterskill Rail Trail
- Clove Road by Justine Hommel -A 2006 article by Justine Hommel
- The Dodd House - Also by Justine an article from the archives of the Hemlock
- Around Hunter --A great Gift for a friend or yourself-- is available at the Visitor's Center Click on the link or the book cover for more information
- Larry Tompkins -- Out Windham Way a wonderful book from our former MTHS president.
From our Archives -
Follow the "From Our Archives" link in the "Preserve" menu on the right to see information about some of the items in our Justine Hommel Archive Room.
Included are posts on:
one of several letters from Civil War soldier William Young. Donated by Odile Dwyer.
A collection of glass plate negatives. The gift of Shirley and Gerald Dunn See details here.
Mountain Top Historical Society
5132 Rt.23A Haines Falls, NY